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EstroGenius Festival: BAN(NED) TOGETHER Is Performance Art With a Mission

Running for 22 years, vis one of the longest running festivals for femme, trans, female and non-binary performing arts. The 2023 festival,  2023 EstroGenius Festival: BAN(NED) TOGETHER, looks to take a stand against the legislative and cultural wave of hate towards women and trans people. The festival runs from March 18th to April 2, with performances being held at The Kraine Theater (85 E 4th St, New York, NY 10003), UNDER St. Marks (94 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10009), Arts On Site (12 St Marks Pl, New York, NY 10003) and the Decatur Street Community Garden in Bushwick (1052 Decatur St, Brooklyn, NY 11207). For those that can’t attend live, most of the performances will also be streamed.

“We do all of this through a gorgeous variety of dance, music, theatre and comedic artists crossing our stages, building community, performing their hearts and stories out to our fab audiences,” said Melissa Riker, Executive Producer of EstroGenius Festival. “We are so grateful to our producing partners at FRIGID New York, Arts on Site and 721 Decatur Community Garden, for co-creating Estro 2023! ”

EstroGenius exists to present the voices of dance-makers, playwrights, experimental performers, teens, musicians, burlesque performers, noise artists, filmmakers, dj’s and anyone else looking to break molds and crack gender codes to the stage, street and forefront of public attention.

Performances include:

  • PROPHECY FOR 22ND CENTURY INSTEAD OF MANIFESTOCreated & Performed by Petra Zanki
    Sat March 18 & 25 at 1pm @ 721 Decatur Community Garden, Brooklyn
    Find and play with something that is common to us all, that we do not know the meaning of quite well, a mystery, a ritual, a game, as simple and intricate as friendship, a cat’s cradle, an ancient game, that does not colonize, a vessel, a starting point, and a basis, thought the sense of ecofeminism, and use alternative theories (rather than white androtheories) that include BIPOC+ and LGBTQIA stand points towards adductive and alternative epistemologies that always include various contexts, towards the ecology of mind and denouement of double bind, to heal and enjoy. A dance piece for six humans, in a community garden, for the future.
  • A.K.A. Ka Inoa (excerpt) by Pele Bauch
    A.K.A. Ka Inoa weaves together supple movement, vivid characters, and personal story with 300 ft of rope. This dance-theater work mines Bauch’s experience as a multiracial New Yorker and Native Hawaiian who carries the weight of being named after Hawaii’s most significant and beloved deity, the goddess of volcanoes, Pele.
  • The Tale Of An-NoorWritten and performed by Marina Celander
    Sun March 19 & 26 at 11am @ The Kraine Theater
    The Tale of An-Noor is the tale of a magic bird who flies great distances to visit her friends the Old Tree and the Old River. An-Noor listens to her friends and they share tales of epic migrations, sorrows and loss, of overcoming huge odds, and feeling joy in everyday life at the edge of the river. Told through dance, puppetry and light An-Noor lets children know that there is magic all around us as long as we keep on dreaming and following the stars.
  • Solo Voce | Ban(ned): Together
    March 23-26 @ UNDER St Marks
    A stellar line up of solo artists breaking boundaries, telling stories and bursting assumptions.
    Full line up to be announced later this month.
  • all in between|a 3rd space to beby sj swilley
    March 25 & 26 at 5pm @ the Kraine Theater
    all in between|a 3rd spaceto be is a storytelling and abstract narration of the space in between wholeness and withdrawal, humanity and spirit. It is a reckoning with an ever shifting gender performance, and a spiritual investigation of queerness as a portal to existing as something "other". The artist invites audiences to be in conversation after the show.

To learn more, go to:

2023 EstroGenius Festival: BAN(NED) TOGETHER
March 18 - April 2, 2023

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